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Lawn Spraying Techniques for Maximum Results

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Spraying your lawn can be a messy, scattered process that yields only limited results. The key to a successful lawn spraying project is to devise a strategic plan for application. Here are some sensible tips for your next lawn spraying project that will improve your results and keep the mess down to a minimum.

There are a couple of key points to keep in mind before undertaking a lawn spraying project. This first is the type of issue you're targeting. Spraying for weeds is a bit different than spraying for bugs. Another consideration is which lawn spraying tool to use. There are a variety of options to choose from, so matching the sprayer with the project is paramount. Finally, the application of the lawn spray is critical to completing the job right the first time. Taking short cuts here might compound your problem.
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Lawn Spraying for Weed Control

  • The Targets. Grassy annuals, particularly crab grass, are easy targets with a February or March spray. Lawn spraying is most effective when applied before the seeds begin to germinate.
  • Sprayer Options. Because you really don't need the reach or power of the high end sprayers, you can use a compressed air tank sprayer or hose-end sprayer to achieve maximum results.
  • Application. Set your sprayer to a course application and aim for 18 inches above the top of the growths. Spray back and forth in a sweeping motion to protect the entire lawn.

Bugs are also a good reason for adequate yearly lawn spraying. If applied at the proper time, lawn spray will inhibit the growth and development of colonies in your delicate grasses and shrubs. Here are some things to keep in mind when lawn spraying for bugs.

Lawn Spraying for Bug Control

  • The Targets. Lawn spraying techniques work well for controlling a variety of troublesome insects that include mites, aphids, scale, leaf curl, mealy bugs, hibernating caterpillars and insect eggs.
  • Sprayer Options. Choose from a compressed air tank sprayer, a hose-end sprayer, or a backpack power sprayer for convenient operation.

Find out more about effective lawn spraying techniques from your local home and garden professional. They'll show you the proper tools, formulas, and techniques for your particular region of the country.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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